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haas vs wharton, which is better for tech entrepreneurship?

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Can you please tell me which school is better for tech entrepreneurs who want to solve world problems? Where can you get better access to funding & networking opportunities?
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Hi Samuel,

Thats a good question and may be hard to answer before getting to any of them. I have been chatting or meeting with current students from both colleges, and in terms of entrepreneurship have seen one common perception - Haas is close to VC world, even more so in Tech world. Students after graduating (at Haas), started more companies (this can be seen in the stats provided by university). But that doest mean you cant do that at Wharton. At very beginning of your idea generation and implementation, you need more minds or analysts or professors, this can be done easily at Wharton. The class size at Wharton is huge, which means there is high probability that you will come across someone like you (who shares same vision). Then you have chances to fine tune your idea working with professors who were once serial entrepreneur. And then you have case competitions etc. as a source of funding.

I guess if were you and really know that I wont survive without starting a company, then I will chat with current professors from both universities, once I get into both of them. Because starting a company means that you are looking for resources and good research centers. Sometimes, your colleagues or professor end up becoming your partner in crime !

(My opinion might be biased, but talk to people who are already there or graduated and more importantly, try to visit them personally !)

Hope this helps !

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You will have to do some personal research to answer this questions because there are so many factors here. One thing to consider is Haas is centered in the heart of Silicon Valley with access to many investors and a reputation for technology and fostering entrepreneurship. If you plan on being in SV post-MBA it probably makes sense to be closer to the action as soon as possible. Wharton has the superior overall MBA brand and access to many successful entrepreneurs and programs to support this but the Haas community will probably allow you to live and breathe this.

First step is gain admission to both because until then this decisions is not really a decision.

Hope this helps!
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Hi, I am concerned with the same situation and I am interested in either tech entrepreneurship or a PM job at a major tech company. I am leaning towards Haas, but I want to run some points by the community.

First, it seems like Wharton has built a San Francisco campus and has a lot of money for entrepreneur programs. Does that help it level the playing field a bit vs. Haas's Silicon Valley location?

Second, to be counter-intuitive, would competition for achieving these goals be lower at Wharton since it's main focus is not tech? I assume that proportionally, there would be less classmates working towards tech entrepreneurship and jobs at tech companies at Wharton than at Haas.

Thirdly, it seems like Wharton has a large amount of people getting recruited into tech companies as well - in that respect, does it mean that it is still a great way to get into tech?

This question also applies to Columbia, which also sends a decent number of people into tech companies and has a lot of cash to award to entrepreneurial students.

Quite confused....thanks for your help!
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New post 29 Nov 2015, 12:01
We definitely agree with Kettei here. Entrepreneurship is very much a personal journey which varies depending on industry and specific business idea, so it makes a lot of sense to chat with current students and faculty to get a sense of what each school has to offer along with the ecosystem/ community outside of the school.

If you're having trouble tracking down aspiring entrepreneurs at those schools, feel free to check out our virtual coffee chat service at HeyIvy.com where you tell us who you want to speak with, and we do all the work of matching and scheduling.

I was a Columbia Business School '14 grad and found speaking to current students was really helpful in my application process, so I started HeyIvy.

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Hi Samuel,

Thats a good question and may be hard to answer before getting to any of them. I have been chatting or meeting with current students from both colleges, and in terms of entrepreneurship have seen one common perception - Haas is close to VC world, even more so in Tech world. Students after graduating (at Haas), started more companies (this can be seen in the stats provided by university). But that doest mean you cant do that at Wharton. At very beginning of your idea generation and implementation, you need more minds or analysts or professors, this can be done easily at Wharton. The class size at Wharton is huge, which means there is high probability that you will come across someone like you (who shares same vision). Then you have chances to fine tune your idea working with professors who were once serial entrepreneur. And then you have case competitions etc. as a source of funding.

I guess if were you and really know that I wont survive without starting a company, then I will chat with current professors from both universities, once I get into both of them. Because starting a company means that you are looking for resources and good research centers. Sometimes, your colleagues or professor end up becoming your partner in crime !

(My opinion might be biased, but talk to people who are already there or graduated and more importantly, try to visit them personally !)

Hope this helps !

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New post 30 Nov 2015, 11:24
Hey Danny...I would look at it this way the programs you mentioned (Wharton/Columbia) although not necessarily known for tech or entrepreneurship outright are fantastic program and honestly all fantastic programs are pretty strong in most areas. This is reflected in the employment reports you have referenced. Recruiters want the best of the best hence why these companies recruit at these programs in hordes even with reputations that lie in other areas. Kellogg also has an excellent PM pipeline in Silicon valley at all the major players so you may want to keep that program on your radar as well. Tech companies hire in droves from these programs so continue your research identifying programs that fit your development goals and apply. These options are not truly real until you have offers from the programs you are considering anyways so don't stress yourself out too much here quite yet.
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